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No airport at Badgerys Creek under Labor.
LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION
JOINT STATEMENT BY THE LEADER OF THE OPPOSITION THE HON SIMON CREAN MP SHADOW MINISTER FOR URBAN AND REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT, TRANSPORT AND INFRASTRUCTURE
MARTIN FERGUSON MP
No airport at Badgerys Creek under Labor
There will be no second Sydney airport built at Badgerys Creek under a Crean Labor Government.
Labor remains committed to building a second airport for Sydney and this commitment will be reflected in a change to Labor’s National Platform that we will sponsor at the ALP National Conference in January. But the passage of time and encroaching urban development means Badgerys is not now, and will never be, a suitable site for an airport.
Badgerys Creek was correctly identified in the 1980s as the solution to Sydney’s airport needs, but the failure to proceed with the development means a new site must now be chosen.
A Crean Labor Government will put an end to the uncertainty for hundreds of thousands of residents of Western Sydney who don’t want an airport in their backyard.
Labor will not use the valuable Badgerys’ site for a Budget fire sale. The land will be banked while we consult with the people of Western Sydney about the best way to use the land for the Western Sydney community.
Instead of adding to Sydney’s urban sprawl by jamming the site with housing estates, Labor will consult with the community about the best way to develop the site. This could include a mixture of employment, education, training, greenspace and housing that will create jobs and a more liveable Western Sydney.
The Badgerys Creek site is an important piece of land in Western Sydney. Labor will ensure that the Badgerys Creek land is used to the benefit of the people of Western Sydney.
Labor will ensure this Badgerys’ decision will not impact on current noise abatement arrangements. The legislated cap and curfew at Sydney Airport will stay as will the slot allocation policy to maintain current access for regional airlines, and the long term operating plan will be implemented.
Labor believes that families living near Bankstown Airport also need some certainty about future operations at the airport and we will therefore also rule out the operation of large jets at Bankstown Airport.
Further, Labor will not sell Bankstown, Hoxton Park and Camden airports. Labor will work with the local communities and the aviation community about the future of these airports.
Under Labor, a Sydney Airports Masterplan will be prepared in consultation with the local communities, and in partnership with the State and local governments. It will be prepared in accordance with the Airports Act and will determine future usage for the small basin airports.
Labor’s Masterplan development process will: â¢ Canvas cessation of aviation operations at Hoxton Park Airport; â¢ Rule out large jet traffic and explore options to reduce the impact of training operations at Bankstown Airport;
â¢ Assess the capacity to increase general aviation operations at Camden Airport; and â¢ Explore, with the Department of Defence and the local community, options to introduce civilian general aviation operations at Richmond Airport.
These issues must be determined by transparent Government policy making, not left to private sector owners. They must form part of an integrated transport plan for Sydney.
A Crean Labor Government will develop a transport plan for Sydney that offers real and integrated solutions to Sydney’s transport and urban development issues:
â¢ A Partnership for Public Transport - Labor will work in partnership with the State Government and the people of NSW to help get people out of their cars and on to public transport.
â¢ A Partnership for Rail Freight - Labor will work in partnership with the State Government, the industry and the people of NSW to help get more trucks off Sydney’s roads and more freight on to rail.
Today’s statement is a significant down payment on that plan.
SYDNEY 27 JULY 2003